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Dole now under criminal probe following packaged salad recall; four deaths, many hospitalized

Dole Food Co., the world’s largest producer of fruits and vegetables, is now under criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) after a listeria outbreak at the beginning of this year took four innocent lives in the U.S. and Canada. While the DOJ has declined to comment on the recent probe, Dole “has recently been contacted” by the government agency regarding its recent recall of all packaged salads from its processing facility in Springfield, Ohio. Just last week Dole finally announced it had restarted limited production at the Springfield plant, which would continue to expand in the coming weeks. ... Read More

Dole recalls packaged salad linked to listeria contamination, one death

Dole Food Co. Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a multi-state recall for packaged salads possibly contaminated with a strain of the listeria monocytogenes (listeriosis) bacteria. The CDC reports one person has died and 12 were hospitalized after eating packaged salads prepared and distributed at Dole’s Springfield, Ohio, facility. According to a CDC news release, the outbreak has affected people in six states. One person from Michigan died as a result of listeriosis, and one of the 12 people hospitalized was pregnant. The CDC reports five people who fell ill reported eating ... Read More

Dole recalls bagged lettuce due to listeria concerns

Despite no related illnesses being reported yet, Dole Fresh Vegetables has issued a recall for 1,077 bagged lettuces that might contain listeria contamination. The lettuce was sold at Wal-Mart and Kroger stores in six states. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ... Read More